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December 12, 2013

AAOS Comments on Senate Finance SGR Approval

Washington, DC—On Thursday, December 12, 2013, the Senate Finance committee passed the bipartisan SGR Repeal and Medicare Beneficiary Access Improvement Act of 2013 out of committee, making much-needed progress towards repealing and replacing the unsustainable Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) applauds the committee -- together with the House Ways and Means Committee, which passed companion legislation earlier today -- for their leadership on this issue and thanks them for their continued work towards reforming the Medicare physician payment system.

“A permanent fix of the SGR formula is essential in addressing uncertainty posed by temporary patches and in improving care delivery for Medicare patients,” says Joshua J. Jacobs, MD, President of AAOS. “While the AAOS remains concerned about some recommended changes in the legislation, we appreciate the committee’s recent revisions and look forward to enacting legislation that will reward quality practitioners and ensure the highest quality of care for Medicare patients.”

Given the recent Congressional Budget Office re-scoring of the cost of a permanent repeal of the SGR over 10 years, the time is right to move forward on fixing the current system. Physicians should have adequate support to provide coordinated care that will improve health, prevent costly complications, and enable physician participation in new payment and delivery models. AAOS encourages members of Congress to continue work to repeal and replace the SGR formula as soon as possible.

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